Postdoctoral Researcher Project on CHINAWHITE, University of Amsterdam

The above-stated position (Postdoctoral Researcher Project CHINAWHITE) is open for postdoctoral researchers at the University of Amsterdam.

The Department of Anthropology at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for the CHINAWHITE project, which is funded by the European Research Council and led by Dr. Shanshan Lan. As a postdoctoral researcher, the candidate will be part of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) program group Moving Matters.


In this position on Project CHINAWHITE, the candidate will:

  • participate in and help organize project-related workshops, book clubs, conferences, and other academic activities;
  • possibly be on short-term fieldwork in China or other countries in the Global South, depending on funding and international travel policies in the field site;
  • engage in critical dialogues with fellow team members and contribute to theoretical innovations and data analysis of the larger project;
  • publish independently and/or in collaboration with team members.
  • present research papers at international workshops and conferences;
  • contribute to popular dissemination of the research results, and undertake administrative tasks related to the project;
  • be based in the Netherlands and take an active part in the research environment at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research.

Duration: 1 year


The Postdoctoral Researcher position on Project CHINAWHITE offers:

  • Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €3974 and a maximum salary of €5439 gross per month
  • offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including an 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

Job Requirements

  • a PhD degree in anthropology, sociology, media, and gender studies, or other relevant disciplines in the humanities or social sciences, completed after May 2019 or with a fixed completion date before 1 September 2023;
  • excellent proficiency in spoken and written English; fluency in Mandarin Chinese is a plus, but not a requirement;
  • demonstrated qualitative research experiences in the global South, such as Asia, Africa, and Latin America, preferably on issues of race, racism, migration, immigration policy, gender, transnational intimacy, and whiteness studies;
  • outstanding research qualities manifested in a high-quality PhD dissertation and international peer-reviewed publications;
  • familiarity or keen interest in ethnographic research methods and approaches;
  • ability and willingness to work in a team;
  • willingness to travel abroad for research stays, conferences, and project-related workshops;
  • strong organizational skills.
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Application Process

Interested applicants Postdoctoral Researcher Project CHINAWHITE are to send the following documents alongside their applications:

  • a full academic CV, including a list of publications
  • a detailed letter stating the motivation for this position and how they can contribute to the CHINAWHITE project;
  • a writing sample that can best reflect the excellence of their scholarship ( no more than 10,000 words);
  • contact information for two academic references (no letters of recommendation);
  • in case the PhD is not completed yet, evidence of a fixed completion date before 1 September 2023.

Deadline: January 31, 2023.

For more information on CHINAWHITE, visit the official site.

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